I've had the Exakta Varek IV in my collection since 2015, detailed photos of it are in one of my earlier blog posts from the day that I bought it from the Box Hill Camera Market.
It's taken me until April this year to finally run a roll of film through it.
The camera definitely works, but the quality of the lens has left the shots a bit soft and not feeling very well refined.
Photographs taken on Ilford HP5+ and developed in HC-110 for 5 minutes at 20c.
About Madeline Bowser
I've been photographing with film for what seems like forever ... well since the late 90's. I shoot both film and digital, but film is where my heart is and I get the most ongoing enjoyment from and what I enjoy sharing and teaching to others. I also travel the world hunting down old cameras and unique locations to photograph in, and exhibit and sell my travel photographs.
When out shooting film, I often get asked the questions 'can you still buy film?', 'I thought film stopped being made 10 years ago' and 'why would you want to shoot film when you can shoot digital'.
My answers are, 'yes', 'no, it didn't', and 'I also shoot digital, both have their place in my mind'.
Visit haeliophoto.com or follow me on Instagram @haeliophoto to see more of my work.
Visit photo-tours.com.au to sign up to a film photography workshop in Melbourne.
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